Cosmetics and Skincare Texture Measurement

Let us show you a range of possibilities of how to measure the textural properties of cosmetics and skincare products with a texture analyser.


Measure a multitude of textures from raw ingredients to finished product.

The global beauty industry in which the combination of good marketing and product quality must be compelling to gain shelf space, consumer attention and repeat purchase. The quality and appeal of a cosmetic product is decided by factors such as its texture, appearance, odour and performance. Increased attention has been focused on the objective evaluation of cosmetics to improve their performance and to fulfil the requirements in legislation demanding proof of certain product claims.

This information can be obtained by the use of texture analysis, which can play a pivotal role in measuring product conformity and compliance with standards as well as analysing and controlling the desired textural features of any new or existing product for the market.

Analysis of the way in which different types of cosmetics respond to the tests provide the manufacturer with vital information: which combination of ingredients is the ideal for a particular product; which processing methods/times produce the best results; and whether the quality is consistent and stable.

A wide range of COSMETIC AND SKINCARE PRODUCT test methods is built into Exponent Texture Analyser software and will automatically load at the click of a button. We help make your testing quicker to access and the analysis of your product properties already prepared for you.

Typical measurements include: • Hardness • Break Strength • Consistency • Compaction Strength • Container Lid Opening Force • Actuation Force • Friction • Spreadability • Stickiness • Curing Time • Combability • Bending Strength • Sachet Content Removal Force •

As attendees at In-Cosmetics and IFSCC conferences we are sure to be abreast of the requirements of the industry and our customers. When new test solutions are required we go ahead and developed them – the Nail Polish Adhesion Rig is a classic example of one of our Community Registered Designs.

We are totally dedicated to optimising the physical property measurements of your cosmetics. But don’t just take our word for it, read an example of what our customers have to say.


Any of the texture analyser range can be used for the product tests listed. 

A selection of special attachments and typical measurements which are commonly used in this application area are shown, although this does not necessarily include the complete range available for the testing of cosmetic and skincare products. Test procedures include: compression, puncture / penetration, tension, fracture / bending, extrusion, cutting / shearing.


Lipstick break strength test

Lipstick Break Strength

This cantilever test provides both imitative and empirical results in one test. Action is provided by a hemispherical edged blade which simulates the bending action caused during application.
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Cylinder probes for penetration testing

Cylinder / Needle Probes

Besides determining lipstick Hardness, this test may also indicate the presence of unwanted trapped air bubbles, or a "grainy" texture as a result of either incomplete colorant dispersion or the working and chilling processes during manufacture.
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Eye Shadow penetration test

Eye Shadow Test

The test shown above can indicate the presence of air pockets beneath the sample surface, which may be undesirable, and the optimal pressing time and weight of e.g. eyeshadow and compressed face powders.
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Eye Pencil Rig

Eye Pencil Rig

The test shown above provides the means to quantitatively measure the hardness of pencil tips such as those for eye- or liplining products. Results will assess such process variables as the modification of wax content or product quality as a result of extreme temperature conditions.
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Deodorant and soap penetration tests

Cone/Cylinder/Needle Probe

A standard test such as ASTM Dl 321-95 using a needle probe or ASTM D937-92 using a conical probe provides a means of measuring the firmness or consistency of waxes and is also suitable to assess the hardness of soap and similar products.
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Forward and Back Extrusion Rigs

Forward/Back Extrusion Rig

Consistency of moisturising cream can be assessed by either a forward extrusion test (simulating the force required to extrude a sample by the consumer) or a backward extrusion test which will give an indication of product physical failure and viscosity.
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